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Re: “Hooked: Kate O’Neill to Cover the Vermont Opioid Crisis for Seven Days

Please, at some point in your yearlong series, cover what is happening and has happened in Newport and the surrounding Northeast Kingdom. It's tragic, and the crater in the ground where Main St. used to be doesn't help. I can't tell you how many classmates from my high school, friends of friends, and people in the community have died the last 10-11 years due to this stuff.

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Posted by 802livin on 01/18/2019 at 3:22 PM

Re: “Opiates, Love and Loss: A Vermont Woman's Obituary Strikes a Global Chord

People are just ignorant and have no compassion for others you know we call animals in the wild beasts and we're supposed to be human or humane you're not either of those things if you ask me where the beasts I was an addict 4/5 years a junkie whatever you want to call me and I've been clean now 4 / 2 and it took everything I had in me to get clean and stay clean I still fight everyday it's a battle that I'll fight for the rest of my life pray that you and your family get the answers that you're looking for I'm sorry that the world didn't rally around her to help get her clean instead looks down on her and didn't lift her up but in her death everyone wants to Rally and sometimes it takes that I guess it's sad I wish your family peace and I pray for her to have mercy given to her and may God's light shine upon her for eternity may God show her the compassion that this world did not and I have mercy on us all. I don't believe that her family is blaming anyone you're not blaming anyone for her addiction they're blaming the police department and the people involved 4 neglecting her for ignoring her request for water and medical attention I don't care what she was arrested for it does not mean that you stop being Humane to people it does not mean that you have the right to play God with people's lives when they ask for medical attention and when someone tells you their chest hurts you get that medical attention right away you do not wait but they seen her as a complaining addict instead of injured person a wounded human it's truely sad and hurts my soul to know did this is what the world and the people in it have come to

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Posted by Dale ann on 01/16/2019 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Labor of Love: UVM Launches Volunteer Doula Program

What a wonderful new program! My first child was born after 20 hours of hard labor but I was fortunate to have the support of my partner as well as my mother. I can't imagine going through that experience without a caring person by my side, which is why I am so happy to hear that these volunteers will be available to women who may not otherwise have had support. I'd love to see this idea spread. Take note DHMC!

Posted by koconnor on 01/07/2019 at 10:21 AM

Re: “Hundreds of Vermont Prisoners Get Addiction Meds, but Challenges Remain

Oh boo hoo . My heart breaks when inmates complain that getting their junk in prison is demeaning . They should refuse to take it as a protest .

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Posted by Rich ard on 12/20/2018 at 9:29 PM

Re: “Hundreds of Vermont Prisoners Get Addiction Meds, but Challenges Remain

Enough. I don't care if they get their addiction medicine. It costs the working people money. It makes them more comfortable right? Aren't they criminals? Didn't they break into your home when you weren't there, or worse? Screw them and any program that caters to scumbags who don't pull their own weight. Prison should suck, like really suck. The % of repeat offenders tells me that it isn't unpleasant enough. If it were, they wouldn't come back. We can call it a sickness if you want but make it suck bad enough and it will stop for most. Some will never learn and that's ok too.

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Posted by Lucas on 12/20/2018 at 4:05 PM

Re: “Hundreds of Vermont Prisoners Get Addiction Meds, but Challenges Remain

The part about wearing the sweatshirts is not true as far as pockets go. The DOC banned prison uniforms with pockets a long time ago. Also there is a guard standing right there making sure you swallow the medication and check your mouth after. Unless of course the guards are corrupt

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Posted by Gi Grape on 12/19/2018 at 5:09 PM

Re: “The Strength Within: Kelly Breeyear Helps Fellow Moms Fight Addiction

A long article about the trials and failures of "opioid use disorder" mothers and what's best for them. Very little on what's best for their children except an implicit belief that what's good for mom is good for them . Sometimes perhaps. I understand this sounds cold but frankly I'm much more concerned with the outcomes of these kids then that of their parents . Actually this article doesn't seem too concerned with the fathers .

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Posted by Rich ard on 12/15/2018 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Opiates, Love and Loss: A Vermont Woman's Obituary Strikes a Global Chord

What a beautiful way to say thing I don't understand is how anyone could give a thumbs down to any of this. I had to point it out cause I just don't understand how ppl think. No matter how you write it ppl still have negative thoughts and I'd truly love to hear why they put thumbs down. Guarentee they'd be to much of a coward to even explain....

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Posted by Cheri Jordan on 10/27/2018 at 2:11 PM

Re: “'This Touched My Heart': Readers Respond to Madelyn Linsenmeir's Obituary

Thank you for sharing Maddie's life with us. My family has a Maddie. It's my brother who is incarcerated right now for narcotics which I'm sure he was using not selling. The reason your story has touched me so much is that I have been angry at my brother for stealing from me to support his addict which I see now as his disease. My brother has been an addict since he was a teen and now as an adult he is still suffering from this horrific disease. I just want to say that you made me see my brother as my brother again,someone who is a father,son,brother,uncle. He is funny,loving and the kindest soul I have ever known. Thank you for allowing me to see him as such again.

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Posted by Izzy on 10/24/2018 at 2:30 PM

Re: “Despite New Law, Vermont Inmates Denied Addiction Treatment

Why bother to pass laws if they aren't going to be enforced correctly especially by the state??? I hope they lucky in the lawsuit against Centurian health and get what they deserve!! :-)

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Posted by Gi Grape on 09/14/2018 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Despite New Law, Vermont Inmates Denied Addiction Treatment

This story is incomplete. The title and graphic would give the appearance that the DOC is not complying with the law, but the narrative of the article does not support the title or graphic. I get it, the headlines sells the story, but when the article itself in no way supports the title, then shame on you! Within the body of the article it states that the DOC may provide the drug if medically necessary. So, the missing and important questions that were either not asked, or included in this article are:

Of all of those inmates who wanted (requested) the drug, how many were found to be medically necessary?

What factors determine medical necessity?

How many were simply drug seeking without a substance use disorder?

How many requested the drug so that they might be able to divert and sell the drug making incredible profits?

What are the medical standards and how does the DOC's implementation of this program compare to the standards?

How does Vermont DOC compare to other correctional departments in the delivery of this drug?

What do medical professionals with expertise in this area have to say about the DOC's implementation?

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Thedore Bundy on 09/13/2018 at 8:58 AM

Re: “Despite New Law, Vermont Inmates Denied Addiction Treatment

While there is a law that permits inmates to receive drug treatment while incarcerated, it is a program that is ripe with abuse.

There are inmates who have signed up for the program because they can get their drugs for free from the state instead of paying for it in population from other inmates. Multiple inmates have flat out admitted to corrections officers that they did not want to get clean, but just wanted to get high for free.

There have been a high amount of inmates caught attempting to divert their new medications in order to sell it to other inmates in population. At least 3 or 4 inmates per week are caught trying to bring their medications back down into population.

If the state really wanted to make this program work, they would go to a medication that is delivered like insulin - via syringe. This would prevent diversion of medications.

As for the girlfriend who claims that she has been paying a corrections officer to deliver drugs into prison, she is more than likely earning money for her boyfriend. Almost all drugs smuggled into prisons are used for profit, not for self-medicating. She is a dealer and the CO is a mule.

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Posted by COinVermont on 09/13/2018 at 3:43 AM

Re: “Despite New Law, Vermont Inmates Denied Addiction Treatment

Until we, as a state, take responsibility for the human beings we are putting behind bars, we will reap what we sow. These individuals are entitled to medical care under the Eighth Amendment and yet are treated less well than farmed animals. The State of Vermont owes a hell of a lot more to the people we lock up. It's bad enough that we ship inmates all over the country because we refuse to own them. That we treat them so badly when they are still here, in the fact of clear legislative intent, is disgusting.

When medical providers say they are eligible for medication, but place an arbitrary date for them to receive it, that's not practicing medicine. That is practicing inhumanity.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 09/12/2018 at 6:19 PM

Re: “Despite New Law, Vermont Inmates Denied Addiction Treatment

Centurian health care is a fucking joke! Most of the prison systems have them because they are so cheap for the states to contract. They are also on the fortune 500 list. The doctors that work for them could care less about the people and you do have to wait for a long time to get to see the doctor. There is only one doctor for all of the inmates at northwestern facility and at the other facilities as well. The DOC should get rid of them and get a new health care system. Obviously Lisa Maynard could care less about the people, she's just the typical bureaucratic person saving money and not people

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Posted by Gi Grape on 09/12/2018 at 5:42 PM

Re: “Retired ER Physician Paul Seward Reflects on His Career

I want to be as sharp as the Doctor when I'm 75 or 65 or right now ! Nice interview .

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Posted by Rich ard on 08/22/2018 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Retired ER Physician Paul Seward Reflects on His Career

Nice piece, Ken.

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Posted by Ethan Miller on 08/22/2018 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Future Fix: Drug Detox Beds Needed in the North Country

Jail has detox beds.

Posted by Peter Morgan on 07/31/2018 at 6:53 AM

Re: “Million-Dollar Question: How Much Should Nonprofit Hospital CEOs Earn?

Well, I must say those people wouldnt have a nonprofit organization without the thousands of employees doing the grunt work. The CEO wouldnt have received a 22% bonus for best infection control without the grunts, who came up with the new change in infection prevention? Not the CEO. He just reaped the benefits. The staff at UVM MC are dedicated to this organization. Wheres their recognition? You think CEOs put in a lot of hours? Our LNAs are doing 4-8 hours over their schedule shift to help there nurses and the nurses are being asked constantly to work overtime because of staffing shortages. Nurses and LNAs are burning out and moving on because of it. Wheres the compensation for their sacrifices? Wheres their bonuses? People worry about nurses going on strike? They should look at the executives who are unwilling to make UVM MC the best place to work!

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Posted by Deb Spear on 06/14/2018 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Burlington to Ease Access to Opioid Addiction Medication

What about us people who suffer daily from chronic pain? I have peripheral neuropathy in my feet and all the doctors gave me is gabapentin, and antidepressant, which does nothing for the chronic pain. The DEA is trying to get a bill passed that will take away pain meds from people that need them on a daily basis. There have been suicides due to the pain but doctors risk losing their license for writing prescriptions for pain medication. I think it should be a doctors and patients choice rather than the DEA who are not doctors. Obviously they could care less about people and how they are treated for the pain.

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Posted by Gi Grape on 06/14/2018 at 11:18 AM

Re: “With Frank Obituaries, Families Aim to Lay Stigmas to Rest

I met Patti in high school. We lost touch but, connected again through her many Facebook posts. I feel in my heart that Patti, and everyone close to her did all they could but, it was not to be. Writing her obituary must've been an unbelievable undertaking. My heart goes out to Bill, their sons, and all their extended family and friends. This peek in to Patti's life, that many of us were unaware of, brought her closer to us. So many times, the "picture perfect" truth is portrayed rather than the actual true life. Patti's life touched so many people in so many different ways and she will not be forgotten.

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Posted by Jean Koch on 05/24/2018 at 4:28 PM

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